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Live: Latest Huddersfield and West Yorkshire breaking news updates, sports latest plus travel and traffic breaking news on March 3

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Huddersfield Live


Hello and welcome to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner's live blog on Monday March 3.

Over the course of today, the live blog, which runs to 8pm, will bring you all the news, sport, traffic and travel plus weather updates you could need.

We'll be telling what what's happening in and around our town today as well as in West Yorkshire and further afield.

We'll also keep you informed of what's going on with the M62 as well as public transport.

You can get in touch with us to tell us if you've spotted something you think we should know about by emailing or tweeting us @examiner


Roads: Traffic building up on M1 Northbound between J39 A636 (Durkar) and J41 A650 (Carrgate). In the roadworks area.

Linda Whitwam

Good morning everyone, Linda here welcoming you to another week of the Examiner live blog.

All quiet on the fire brigade calls this morning. I'll be making other calls and keeping you up to date about what's moving and shaking around Huddersfield.

If a cat coughs in Cumberworth, you'll read about it here first.

Linda Whitwam

TRAVEL: Roads around the town and, surprisingly, the motorways are fairly trouble-free this Monday morning rush hour.

Debris has been removed from the M1 southbound between J38 (Woolley) and J37  (Dodworth) and traffic is now coping well.

A reminder that a replacement bus service is running on Northern Rail between Bradford Interchange and Huddersfield until Saturday due to engineering works

Linda Whitwam

This week is National Apprenticeship Week. Kirklees Council and Kirklees College are promoting the event, which aims to get more people into apprenticeships.

After years in the doldrums, apprenticeships are finally being recognised as an excellent career path for many people. They are the so-called "middle way" for many young people who are looking to start a career without starting off at university.

More details for Kirklees businesses and young people here.

Linda Whitwam

The incredible story of a Huddersfield man who fled from persecution has been featured on national TV.

Daniel Habtey shared the tale of his journey to the UK from Eritrea with presenter Pam Rhodes on the Songs Of Praise screened yesterday teatime on BBC1.

Daniel, a member of the Elim Pentecostal Church, Huddersfield, was approached by the BBC programme to feature in the programme on Lent which looked at when people go through difficult times. Read the full story.

Daniel Habtey shares his incredible story of his journey to the UK from persecution in Eritrea with Pam Rhodes for BBC's Songs of Praise.

Linda Whitwam

SPORT: Gutted Huddersfield Giants star Leroy Cudjoe admits the Giants are struggling to go for the kill during Super League games.

In Huddersfield’s last two games, they have built up leads and then allowed their opponents to force their way back and gain something from the contest.

On Friday night, Cudjoe and his teammates let slip an early 10-0 lead to trail 12-10 at the break before regaining an eight-point second-half advantage and then falling away again to suffer a demoralising 22-20 defeat to Widnes. Read more.


Linda Whitwam

WEATHER: Huddersfield has  had 'wettest winter since records began', according to Examiner weatherman Paul Stevens.

50mm of rain fell on the town between December 1 last year and February 28 this year. That makes it the wettest winter since Met Office records began in 1908.

And while the last three months have been exceptionally wet, it wasn’t quite the wettest three months on record. That dubious honour belongs to the autumn of 2000 when a huge 467mm fell on Huddersfield. Read more of what Paul has to say.

Linda Whitwam

WEATHER: Spring is on the way this week  -well, sort of.

Signals are strong for milder air to spread to Huddersfield through from Wednesday into the end of the week, with highs of 13-14 degrees predicted.

It's all very different from the coldest March on record last year when 14" of snow fell in Huddersfield.

First crocuses of Spring on Huddersfield Ring Road.

Linda Whitwam

A high tech Huddersfield University facility holds key to unlocking 1860s gun mystery.

A CT scanner and X-rays will be used to uncover the story behind a single shot pistol, deadly at close range and ideal as a concealed weapon to deal with highwaymen or other ruffians.

And the chances are that it was made in Huddersfield.

The pocket pistol, which is believed to have been made in the late 1860s, is being examined by the Uni's Arms and Armour Research Unit. Read more.

1860s pistol is under investigation by the Huddersfield University's Arms and Armour Research Institute.

Linda Whitwam

HTAFC: What a win for the Terriers at the weekend - a 5-0 thrashing of local rivals Barnsley.

Five different players on target, three welcome points, one clean sheet and a happy afternoon for Huddersfield Town and their followers. The only disappointment from a match which began evenly but turned distinctly one-sided was that Nahki Wells didn’t make the scoresheet.

The club-record £1.3m signing was excellent, and playing unselfishly in a new-look formation, had a crucial hand in four of the goals. See the full match report and photo gallery


Linda Whitwam

NEWS: Some of West Yorkshire's most prolific criminals have been caught in an operation to round up criminals on the run.

A total of 30 wanted suspects were arrested in the one-day blitz when West Yorkshire Police's Operation Viper hit the streets of Kirklees, Calderdale, Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield.

Viper, where specialist officers joined neighbourhood policing teams, was one of several recent operations to target people  suspected of  burglary, theft, drug dealing and similar offences.

Linda Whitwam

Linthwaite residents are celebrating victory following a London meeting  to improve safety at Grosvenor Chemicals.

Five members of the Colne Valley Residents Action Group and local politicians met MP Mike Penning, who is responsible for the Health and Safety Executive, to agree to three formal action points to prevent future incidents at the site and surrounding area.

The MP and former firefighter, who is the secretary of State for Disability, said that the HSE would carry out random spot checks at the factory,  which had a major blaze in 2010 which released toxic fumes into the valley. Read more and see the gallery.


10:35 am
Linda Whitwam

TRAVEL: Two lanes are closed and there is queueing traffic due to an  accident - a  lorry and two vans involved  - on the M1 Northbound between J39 (Durkar) and J40 (Flushdyke).

The accident is in the roadworks area. Congestion is back to to J38 (Woolley) and is affecting traffic heading towards the M62

A reminder that today is the final day of the temporary traffic lights and water main work on A628 Barnsley Road at Cooper Lane, Hoylandswaine.

10:37 am
Linda Whitwam

BREAKING NEWS: West Yorkshire Police have tweeted a picture of the lorry involved in the M1 crash which is currently causing delays northbound back to Woolley.

10:43 am
Linda Whitwam

NEWS: Dragon's Den star Peter Jones is to launch an enterprise course at Kirklees College.

He is is set to help Huddersfield students get into a head start in business with the college's new  Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

Kirklees College will unveil plans for new courses endorsed by the tycoon at 4pm today at college’s Landings 72 restaurant  Chapel Hill. There will be an inspirational presentation by special guest speakers, and all prospective students and interested employers are welcome to attend.

Kirklees College's Huddersfield centre

11:01 am
Linda Whitwam

Do you ever sit and stare at the sky and wonder what's out there? I know I do.

Well, this week we have a chance to find out. Huddersfield Astronomical Society  is opening its doors  -and roof - to the public as part of National Astronomy Week 2014.

The Crosland Moor Observatory is holding  six free public events that start tonight from 7.30pm. The society hopes that the chance to see Jupiter, which will be in prime viewing position this week, through its impressive Meade 16 inch LX200 will especially encourage more people to take up stargazing as a hobby. Full details here -  I'm definitely going up for a look. 



Pictured at Huddersfield Observatory, Crosland Heath, society members Lisa Jeffries and Marcus Armitage prepare for the open week taking place during National Astronomy Week.

Linda Whitwam

TRAVEL: Two accidents have been causing problems on the M1 northbound near Woolley.

An earlier lane closure and queueing traffic earlier on the M1 northbound between J39 (Durkar) and J40 (Flushdyke)  because of an earlier accident have now been cleared.

However, there has been a second accident, causing the closure of one lane closed and queueing traffic on the M1 northbound between J38 (Woolley) and J39  (Durkar). This collision was between two lorries.

11:20 am
Linda Whitwam

GIANTS: Huddersfield Giants hooker Kruise Leeming grabbed a hat trick as the Under 19s opened their 2014 campaign with a convincing 38-12 triumph at Widnes Vikings.

The visitors dominated from start to finish and by half time had built up a 14-0 lead to underline their class. As well as Leeming’s triple, fellow Super League squad man and England Junior full-back Jake Connor also crossed for a try, while winger George Croisdale, prop Micky Learmonth and substitute forward Liam Johnson grabbed the others.

Another young first-team squad member, scrum-half Jack Miller, completed the scoring with five goals.

Kruise Leeming

11:31 am
Linda Whitwam

HTAFC: Huddersfield Town ambassador Andy Booth can't wait for the FA Youth Cup clash with Fulham. He thinks it will be a great experience for the Huddersfield Under 18 team to play in the capital.

Victory in London would take the team – who have been excellently guided by Frankie Bunn and Tony Carss – to the semi-finals of a competition which is still very highly regarded among all clubs in this country.

Some of the very best players this country has ever produced have first come to prominence in the FA Youth Cup and if you ask any of them about the honours they have won, they will always include the Youth Cup on their list. Read what else Andy has to say.

Frankie Bunn (left) celebrates the FA Youth Cup win over Manchester United with Tony Carss

11:37 am
Linda Whitwam

National Apprenticeship Week: Kirklees council wants 100 businesses to offer apprentices a place in 100 days.

It's a tall order but Kirklees Council’s Apprenticeship Hub team is looking for 100 pledges from businesses between now and June to explore taking on an apprentice – and there is a money incentive to do so.

Kirklees is one of eight Apprenticeship Hubs in the Leeds City Region where businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees, and who have not taken on an apprentice in the last year, can receive a £1,500 grant to support their recruitment. Read the full story.

Kirklees Council

11:43 am
Linda Whitwam

View the latest Caught on Camera gallery: can you identify the faces of people police want to speak to?

Police have released the images in the hope that the public may be able to put a name - or more - to face

Members of the public are reminded that they should not approach anyone who they believe to be displayed in the images, but should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and give the identity of the person shown, quoting the reference number where given.

11:57 am
Linda Whitwam

HTAFC: Town fans, what did you make of the game against Barnsley?

Huddersfield Town hammered the Reds 5-0 on Saturday at the John Smith's Stadium. Who stood out for you and who could have put more in?

Have your say between 12.30pm and 1.15pm today with our fan webchat. Just pop your name in the box here and write your comment to take part.


12:06 pm
Linda Whitwam

TRAVEL: All lanes are now open on the M1 northbound. The accident  between J38 (Woolley) and J39 (Durkar) has been cleared and traffic has returned to normal.

That's all from me, I'm off to write some stories for the newspaper now and leaving you in the capable hands on my colleague, Nick Lavigueur.

Have a good day.

12:09 pm
Nick Lavigueur

Hello folks...I'm here for a couple of hours to take you through lunchtime

12:20 pm
Nick Lavigueur

NEWS:  A takeaway driver was surrounded by a gang of men and robbed at knife point for just a few pounds of food.

The men stole two pizzas, four chicken burgers with chips and five cans of drink.

Detectives are hunting five men, one who held a large knife to the chest of the driver on College Street, Crosland Moor in the early hours of Sunday.

DC Andrew Clayton of Huddersfield CID said: “We would like to hear from anyone who saw this robbery occur or who may have seen the suspects running from the scene between 00:30 and 00:40.

Contact Huddersfield CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police crime scene

12:22 pm
Nick Lavigueur

NEWS:  The clampdown on dodgy drivers is reaping rewards...and long may it continue.

Hopefully our insurance premiums might drop a bit!

12:36 pm
Nick Lavigueur

NEWS:  Interesting comparison over commitment to gritting. 

Kirklees are already vowing to do a full grit at 6pm tonight but Calderdale say they may not.



12:48 pm
Nick Lavigueur

NEWS:  Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius is on trial in South Africa, accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius was asked by judge Thokozile Masipa if he understood the charge of murdering Ms Steenkamp, to which he replied: "I do, I do, my lady."

Asked how he pleaded, he said: "Not guilty, my lady."

AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool
Oscar Pistorius, right, speaks with his lawyer Barry Roux as the start of his trial is delayed at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa.

The Paralympic star, dubbed the Bladerunner, was wearing a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie, entered not guilty pleas to four charges in the packed courtroom in Pretori.

The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has told a court he heard "blood-curdling" screams before the sound of four gunshots on the night the Olympian killed his girlfriend.

Michell Burger, a woman who lives on an estate next to Pistorius's gated community, said she and her husband were awoken by the screams in the pre-dawn hours of February 14 last year, when Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp by shooting four times through a door in his bathroom.

Pistorius says he killed Steenkamp by mistake thinking she was an intruder in his house, but prosecutors say the athlete shot his girlfriend after a fight and tried to paint a picture at the trial of a loud argument before the fatal shots.

The case continues.

1:06 pm
Nick Lavigueur

NEWS: A woman's body has been found in a river miles downstream from where a student disappeared almost six weeks ago.

York St John University student Megan Roberts, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, disappeared during a night out with friends in the city in January.

It was feared she became separated from friends and fell into the River Ouse near York's Lendal Bridge.

The woman's body was spotted by a member of the public at 3.30pm yesterday near a pub at Acaster Malbis, a village almost five miles south of York, police said.

North Yorkshire Police/PA

Ms Roberts' family has been told of the discovery, although the body has not been formally identified.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: "The body of a woman has been found in the River Ouse at Acaster Malbis near to the Ship Inn.

"Police received a call at 3.27pm on Sunday 2 March 2014 from a member of the public who was walking in the area.
"Formal identification has not yet been completed, therefore we cannot confirm the identity of the deceased at this stage. The family of Megan Roberts have been informed of the discovery."

Ms Roberts vanished on January 23 after an evening out with friends.

1:08 pm
Nick Lavigueur

TRAVEL:  The trains are a bit slow today

1:18 pm
Nick Lavigueur

NEWS:  We ran our own campaign a few years back to keep our local boozers open but it seems it's getting worse.

The Government is being urged to do more to help pubs survive after new figures showed that 28 were closing every week.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said the figure had increased by two a week since last year. The campaign group said more needed to be done to protect pubs.

Sean Dempsey/PA Wire Beer

It called for a pubs watchdog to protect licensees from high rents and beer prices charged by large pub companies and pressed for the ending of planning "loopholes" to prevent pubs closing in such large numbers.

Camra also asked ministers to freeze the rate of beer duty in next month's Budget.

Mike Benner, Camra's chief executive said: "Pubs are unnecessarily closing as tied licensees struggle to make their businesses succeed thanks to increased rents and inflated beer prices.

"It is vital that the Government step in to redress the balance with the implementation of an independent pubs watchdog and an option for licensees of large pub companies to opt for market-rent-only agreements, allowing them to buy beer on the open market at cheaper prices."

1:22 pm
Nick Lavigueur

TRAVEL:  The rail delays are going to last a bit longer but looks like it's fixed and should be "back on track" soon.

1:27 pm
Nick Lavigueur

NEWS:  There's water pressure problems in the Netherton - Grange Moor area.

1:33 pm
Nick Lavigueur

NEWS:  It's pancake day tomorrow...or a load of crepe for some people!

I tried to get in there early on Saturday morning with some Nigella recipe American silver dollar pancakes.

Unfortunately they weren't very nice and went in the bin after one bite...I suspect my flour was off.

Will you be having pancakes, marking Shrove Tuesday and most importantly, will you be fasting for Lent?

1:43 pm
Nick Lavigueur

BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid is joining ITV to present its new morning show.

Reid's move from the BBC Breakfast sofa, where she has been hugely popular with audiences, follows days of speculation about the move.

ITV announced that the Strictly Come Dancing finalist would be joined by former GMTV star Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher on the new show.

They will join the channel as ITV's main weekday presenters, between 6am and 8.30am, on the newly-named breakfast show Good Morning Britain.

Jon Baxter

The announcement comes after Reid's agent confirmed that the mother of three - who was absent from BBC Breakfast this morning - had split from her long-term partner Dominic Cotton.

1:59 pm
Nick Lavigueur

NEWS: An investigation into the police shooting of Kirkheaton criminal Alistair Bell has found that officers used "appropriate" force.

It comes just a month after an inquest ruled the action was justified.

Alistair Bell, 42, of Kirkheaton who was shot dead by police

Bell was shot by a police marksman in 2010 after a seige at his home.

Read the full story here


2:01 pm
Nick Lavigueur

Okey dokey that's your lot from me...Martin Shaw is your man for the next stint.

Enjoy the sunshine and I'll see you later in the week no doubt.

2:07 pm
Martin Shaw

Hi, it's Martin. Here to take you through the afternoon. Put the kettle on. Milk, no sugar for me please.


2:23 pm
Martin Shaw

NEWS: Huddersfield town centre will be a sea of green on Sunday for the annual St Patrick's Day Parade.

Huddersfield Giants' players will be out in force too showing off the Super League Leader's Shield. There will be chance for fans to have their photos taken.


Crowds pack streets for St Patrick’s Day


St Patrick's Day isn't until Monday March 17th but Huddersfield is getting in there first. All the fun kicks off at around noon in Market Place with the parade starting at 1pm. The Giants will be in St George's Square at 1.45pm.


2:43 pm
Martin Shaw

FUNNY: I do like it how the West Yorkshire Roads Policing Unit has a sense of humour. Have a snigger at this Tweet.


2:56 pm
Martin Shaw

SPORT: Huddersfield Town have reported that 1,253 tickets have been sold for Saturday's game at Doncaster. Another Yorkshire derby, and another result like last Saturday would be very welcome.

And a goal for a certain Mr Nahki Wells wouldn't be overdue.


After he created four of Town's five goals (including the penalty above) in the 5-0 thrashing of Barnsley, Wells revealed his favourite player is Lionel Messi.

He said: “I don’t think I’ve been blessed with the ability of Messi, but if you’ve got the desire, hunger and work hard, one day you could be like him.” Go Nahki!


3:09 pm
Martin Shaw

BREAKING NEWS: Four more people have been arrested over the alleged murder of Sidney Cox in Leeds last August.

West Yorkshire Police said that two men aged 36 and 34, a 16-year-old youth and a 37-year-old woman, all from the Doncaster area, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. All three remain in custody.

Mr Cox was found seriously injured in Thorpe, near Leeds, and died in hospital the following day. Four others have already been charged in connection with his death.


3:22 pm
Martin Shaw

NEWS: Anyone who wants to talk about vehicle crime with West Yorkshire Police can sign up for an interactive web chat. It's tonight at 7pm. Here's the link.


3:46 pm
Martin Shaw

NEWS: Police have confirmed that a body found in the River Ouse near York yesterday is that of missing student Megan Roberts.

Megan, of Wetherby, was reported missing on January 27 after going out drinking with friends in York.

In a statement Megan's mother Jackie Roberts said: "We would like to thank the police, fire service, and the public that have been involved in the search for Megan. We would also like to thank everyone who has offered support and comfort during this painful time.

"Megan was an intelligent, talented and beautiful person whose kindness and sense of humour will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her."


3:55 pm
Martin Shaw

NEWS: Want a glimpse at the mysteries of the universe? Have a look at our story about Huddersfield Astronomical Society. It's National Astronomy Week this week.

There are six public events at Crosland Moor Observatory in Blackmoorfoot Road. If you're lucky you might see the planet Jupiter.

Pictured at Huddersfield Observatory, Crosland Heath, society members Lisa Jeffries and Marcus Armitage prepare for the open week taking place during National Astronomy Week.


The society formed in the 1960s and has around 50 members who meet every Friday at 4A Railway Street in Huddersfield to discuss everything from stars and moons to planets and space phenomena.


4:14 pm
Martin Shaw

NEWS: Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died following collision with a car in Bradford.

Nasreen Bibi, 56, of Wood View, Bradford, was taken to hospital following the collision, which involved a Vauxhall Zafira and happened at about 9am in Church Street on Tuesday February 18. She died last Friday.

Anyone with information should contact PC Kerry Gibson at the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101.


4:24 pm
Martin Shaw

NEWS: A fire chief from Huddersfield is taking his expertise to Pakistan to help save lives.

Kirklees District Prevention Manager Mohammed Ali will be travelling with three other firefighters from Greater Manchester and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Services this April.

They will assess the needs of the Punjab Emergency Service, the largest emergency humanitarian service of Pakistan covering all 36 districts of Punjab.  

Mr Ali, who works at Huddersfield Fire Station, said: "We want to share our knowledge and experience with the aim of up-skilling firefighters so they can deal more effectively with the challenging range of incidents they face."


4:34 pm
Martin Shaw

NEWS: Tributes have been paid to a former Jesuit priest who rose to become Huddersfield's chief nursing officer.

Mr Eddie Jefferson, of Meltham, has died aged 73. He was the chief nursing officer for the former Huddersfield Health Authority. He was a magistrate for 30 years.


Eddie Jefferson


Lifelong friend Mike Hall said: "He was a very dedicated man and had wonderful multi-llingual skills, so much so that he could chant Mass in Latin." Read more here.


4:36 pm
Martin Shaw

That's it from me this afternoon. My colleague Louise will be here shortly.

Louise Cooper

Good afternoon Huddersfield! Sorry for the delay, I was just finishing something about International Women's Day in Huddersfield. I will check the latest on the news, weather and travel now.

Louise Cooper

CRIME: Gang of five rob take-away delivery driver at KNIFE-POINT and force him to handover £30 food order.

Louise Cooper

TRAVEL: Calderdale Way traffic busy but moving.

Louise Cooper

Just hearing unconfirmed reports of a crash on the ring road in Huddersfield.

Louise Cooper

TOWN: Huddersfield Town fans Phil Hargreaves and Ollie Knockton prepare for double Pedal for Pounds with 450 mile challenge. See our story here.

Louise Cooper

That's it from me on the Huddersfield live blog! My colleagues will update you shortly. Bye!

Louise Cooper

Good afternoon Huddersfield. Louise here, taking on the Examiner Live Blog.

I will find out what's happening shortly.

 I've just been doing an update on a story that featured in Friday's Examiner about inspirational Charlotte Messenger. Her charity ball at the John Smith's Stadium has smashed funds and they have now raised a jaw dropping £25k for Crohn's and Colitus Uk.

They had hoped to smash £10k so its a massive achievement.  Well done to all involved! 


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